Learning flows seamlessly through home and school environments. There are plenty of things that you, as parents, can do at home to help your child along a strong developmental path. Here are some helpful tips to give your child an advantage at home, which will transfer to the classroom.

Read, Read, Read

Reading is an important cognitive function for children to learn. Take every opportunity you can to read with your child. Make the kitchen, living room, and their bedrooms, into “reading zones” and devote some time every day to reading short stories, homework, or anything that is particularly challenging for them.

Make it Fun!

Games can be exceptional learning tools. Board games, card games, memory games and word games subtly engage a child in learning essential problem solving skills, while ensuring they have fun! Showing them how much fun learning can be will make them more eager to learn.

Explore Technology

Computers, tablets, and mobile devices have access to educational resources that can help your child learn in a variety of ways and are becoming essential for collaboration. Determine what level of engagement you as a family are comfortable with and begin to explore how technology can support learning. Please see Tech Support for Families for help accessing district technology. 

Encouragement is Golden

Remember to encourage your children through the learning process. Positive reinforcement goes a long way in helping a developing mind absorb information. Mistakes should not be cause for concern. Instead, view them as learning opportunities and help your child realize where, and how, they can improve.

Count, Write, Read

Practice, repetition, and routine help a young mind develop skills faster, and become more comfortable with the skills they already have. Set time aside to count with your children, let them write stories for you, and read them together. This little bit of effort can make a world of difference in the long run.

Ask Questions

What are your students excited about? What do they think about? What are they wondering? Encourage students to share their thoughts, dreams, wonderings with you. If you model talking about your day first (what you did, how you felt, issues/relationships navigated) students are more likely to share about their day than simply asking them "how was your day?"

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